Val Kilmer has played many iconic roles over his nearly four-decade film career. A troublemaking science prodigy in REAL GENIUS. A brash fighter pilot in TOP GUN. A swashbuckling knight in WILLOW. A lovelorn bank robber in HEAT. Of course, Batman, Jim Morrison and the sharp-shooting Doc Holliday. But who is the real Val Kilmer? With I’m Your Huckleberry – an instant New York Times bestseller – the enigmatic actor at last steps out of character and reveals his true self.
In this uniquely assembled memoir – featuring vivid prose, snippets of poetry and rarely-seen photos – Kilmer reflects on his acclaimed career, including becoming the youngest actor ever admitted to the Juilliard School’s famed drama department, determinedly campaigning to win the lead part in THE DOORS, and realizing a years-long dream of performing a one-man show as his hero Mark Twain. He shares candid stories of working with screen legends Marlon Brando, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert De Niro, and recounts high-profile romances with Cher, Cindy Crawford, Daryl Hannah, and former wife Joanne Whalley. He chronicles his spiritual journey and lifelong belief in Christian Science, and describes travels to far-flung locales such as a scarcely inhabited island in the Indian Ocean where he suffered from delirium and was cared for by the resident tribe. And he reveals details of his recent throat cancer diagnosis and recovery – about which he has disclosed little until now.
While containing plenty of tantalizing celebrity anecdotes, I’m Your Huckleberry – taken from the famous line Kilmer delivers as Holliday in TOMBSTONE – is ultimately a singularly written and deeply moving reflection on mortality and the mysteries of life.